TRAILER: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rolling Stone recaps:

Fox offered up a new trailer for their Rocky Horror Picture Show remake during their Comic-Con panel on Thursday. In the clip, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox – who plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” in the film – vamps it up to one of the musical’s signature tunes, “The Time Warp.”

The minute-long preview also provides a glimpse at “the Criminologist”/narrator played by Tim Curry, who immortalized the role of Frank-N-Furter in the original Rocky Horror stage production and big-screen musical.

The first partial screening was well-received:

Comic-Con fans responded enthusiastically Thursday to a screening of the first 25 minutes of the TV revival of the 1975 camp film classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

They applauded many elements of the first part of the two-hour Fox production — now set for an Oct. 20 premiere — playing along with callbacks made popular during decades of midnight screenings. Some even waved cellphone lights during a rendition of There’s a Light by the naive, innocent Brad (Ryan McCartan) and Janet (Victoria Justice).

The clip closed with two of the original’s highlights, a Time Warp far more intricately choreographed than in the original and a dazzling Sweet Transvestite entrance by the new and much-awaited Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox), clad in shimmery red dress, gloves and high heels. Both numbers drew hearty applause.

  • i’m gonna go with….uh, nope..

    • Joe in PA

      LOL! we were typing opposite opinions at the same time. 🙂

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    • twinkie223

      I’m gonna go with … uh, give it a chance.

  • Joe in PA

    Dammit Janet, that looks great.

    A friend loaned us the DVD of the original and we watched it on a 70″ screen with a rocking sound system.

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  • Michael

    Love her, but no. I prefer the original and it should be left alone. Ms. Cox’ considerable, undeniable talents should be used to create something NEW!

    • S1AMER

      Amen to that!

    • ElenorRigby

      Don’t think of this as a remake of the movie, think of this as a production of the original musical stage version. I’m not totally down with this but I’m willing to watch.

      • Adam King

        I’ll wait until it comes on Netflix.

      • lymis

        I agree. I’m not expecting it to eclipse the original. I’m planning on enjoying it as though it were a really well done community theater version of the show.

  • Colonel Panic.

    Agree completely. Even if it’s better it won’t be as good.
    Edit: that was supposed to be in reply to Michael

  • Gustav2

    And I am really. really tired of all the ‘A Star is Born’ remakes:

    1937, 1954, 1976

    But then those movies were not the only place 70’s gaylings could be themselves in Columbus OH at the movie theater in Graceland Shopping Center on Saturday night. For many it is part of their coming out, therefore nearly sacred.

    • JDS

      I also remember it playing there. 🙂

    • SilasMarner

      1954 remake was the best. Can’t beat Judy. And I love Babs but pairing her with Kristofferson, well, he stunk up the screen.

    • Adam King

      I find all three A Star Is Born versions eminently watchable. (Of course Judy killed it.)

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    • lymis

      I disagree. Each of the movies has taken the basic concept and turned it into a pretty dramatically different movie based in it’s own time period. I’ve thought it was past time for another one with new sensibilities.

      I’ve love to see it with the genders reversed and an aging female star being eclipsed by her boy toy, or with a country music twist, or a same-sex couple.

    • another_steve

      The only reason/rationale for remaking a classic is to meet the demands of younger generations who weren’t around the first time to shell out their money and who demand to see their latest sexpots in movies today or else they’re not interested, thank you.

      (“Sexpot.” Isn’t that a nice old-fashioned and little-used-today word? Please reply below if you remember the word “sexpot.”)

    • Good Shot Green

      I once read somewhere that Beyoncé was attached to another remake?

  • Mark

    Oh, this is such sacred territory! Being I’ve seen the original no less than a jillion times…I just don’t know that I can let go of it enough to not compare – and allow this new version to stand on its own. It’s a yes and a no. Which way do you go?

    Somebody, please, fetch me a mint julep…..

    • Dagoril

      Which way do you go? Just a jump to the left, Sweetie!

      • Mark

        With my hands on my hips? 🙂

        • Bj Lincoln

          And your knees in tight!

          • craigbear

            But, but, but…it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives them insane!

    • Sashineb

      For me, it’s “no, thanks”.

    • Chris

      That’s hard to do when the actors are obviously doing imitations of the original. I love Laverne Cox, but to try to do Tim Curry’s accent and inflections is too much. Also, for Joe, I believe that the character is no longer from Transexual, Transylvania, and they are redoing the lyrics to be more PC.

      • ugh

      • MonochromeMouse

        I doubt they will edit the lyrics in this, fox did it once for glee (frank was played by a cis-female and was from sensational, Transylvania) and received a huge backlash for it, i doubt they would spend this kind of money and make the same mistake

    • Strepsi

      Laverne looks nope. But who could live up to truly one of the best male performances in the history of film? I would have thought of maybe a Billy Porter (Lola in Kinky Boots)….

      The supporting cast, however is aces: Broadway stars Reeve Carney, Annaleigh Ashford, etc. I’m here for Reeve:
      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4YKUJOglZqg/Vaq4vcGeBeI/AAAAAAAAP30/fbLVKruzsrc/s1600/reeve%2Bcarney%2Bserviced.jpg

    • Todd Allis

      I’ve only seen the original as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen with a live cast performing in front of it. I don’t think I will watch this.

    • Kruhn

      Come on guys. A trans woman leading a movie. I kind of agree with our nostalgia, but this time I can see a black trans woman as Dr. Frank n’ Futer as progress.

    • MrMAB

      I for one am looking forward to seeing Rocky brought to a whole new generation who likely haven’t seen the original.

      Besides, now Transylvania truly is transsexual!

  • shellback

    sacrilege

  • Jeffg166

    I have no problem with a remake. My concern is can Laverne sing? So far it hasn’t been demonstrated.

    • June Gordon

      Well, she’s already demonstrated on OITNB that she can’t act. So maybe she’ll be a Triple Threat: Not be able to do anything except look good.

  • olandp

    Ohhh, whyyy!

  • Jack_Carter_USA

    I dunno – since they seem to be including the audience participation (which, as we all know, is the best part of Rocky Horror) this just maybe might actually not totally suck.

    • Frostbite

      I’ve seen Rocky around the world. The problem with the audience participation is it differs from place to place, even between between locations in the same city general area.

      • Adam King

        That’s a problem? Kind of more like a delight.

    • Certainly it’s a always a great show.
      I still think they should pay the original cast something

    • Acronym Jim

      With all due respect, Tim Curry is the best part of Rocky Horror.

  • I’m only a dyke TRYING to dare to watch this/// But but but this ISNT about singing…. I mean isn’t Dr Frank N Furter in the garters & merry widow like the ONLY part evah that still needs to be played by… somebody actually packing? I mean, isn’t that the whole of the outrageousness –or by now just naughtiness? That she’s a Venus with a Penis as a dear friend used to say about herself… I’d like Conchita Wurst to star, Or some dear Ali Forney lookalike, or former football pro, or even yknow disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner or RuPaul or Nathan Lane or George Takei . I know her history, but Laverne seems too much a woman! She’d be a fabooo Magenta…
    Izzit wrong to not want a woman for this ONE role? Just this one. Sorry.

    • bobbybear.i.am

      Seems the producers have just totally forgotten the role is supposed to be camp. Tim Curry? Camp. David Bedelia? (The best Frank N. Furter I’ve ever seen.) Camp.

    • SoCalVet

      Yes, conceita wurst would be a MUCH better pick and in line with the idea of androgyny.

      • YES Thanks, SoCalVet. That’s so what I mean. You look good as ever.

    • Adam King

      OMG George Takei would be such a hoot.

      • SoCalVet

        yes!

    • Strepsi

      Such an interesting point.

      My choices would be Billy Porter (Lola in Kinky Boots) or Will Swenson (Berger in HAIR) and go all-Broadway

      Adam Lambert or and go for the singing chops — how bout all of Scissor Sisters (Jake Shears, BabyDaddy and Ana Matronic) as the staff?

      Will Swenson:
      http://www.newnownext.com/wp-content/uploads/backlot/2011/05/will%20swenson.jpg

    • Marrena

      I kind of assumed due to her last name that Ms. Cox was packing. Not that it’s any of my business! I really am confused about this, though. Trans women have tried so hard to distance themselves from crossdressers (transvestites) and here is one of the most famous trans women playing the most famous transvestite. It seems to give ammo to detractors saying that trans women aren’t real women, that it’s just a fetish.

  • JDS

    blah.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Sacrilege!!!!!!

  • Eric Lewis

    Well in my day …. Damn you kids …. What were they thinking … How could they ….

    • Adam King

      Kids these days have no respect for tradition. This is an important cultural artifact, handed down by their elders, and they mock it! How will they ever learn proper values? And they need to stay off my lawn!

      • Eric Lewis

        +++ shakes fist +++

        • Adam King

          +++ shakes cane +++

      • Elsewhere1010

        You’re worried about your lawn? Have you seen those damn clouds lately??

        • Adam King

          Don’t worry about them–I’m right here, ready to shake my fist at them at a moment’s notice. (Nothing better to do.)

  • greenmanTN

    They’re making it for TV broadcast so at best it’s going to PG 13, which kind of defeats the point

    • SoCalVet

      oh THAT’s why we couldn’t have a manly looking woman.

  • cleos_mom

    They have to do some fancy footwork to equal Tim Curry’s performance.

  • fierce_urgency_of_whenever

    Wonderful.
    Why the fucking hell not?
    We’ve been flicking our BICS and acting the whole film out after midnight for over forty years now.

    • SoCalVet

      to a man in drag. Not to a woman being a woman.

      • Precisely.
        As a grrl, I want to play Romeo. But:
        FrankNFurter’s’s got more than an angry itch. It gives contrast to the outfit, that combined with the sheer naughty joy of that contrast makes the show

      • fierce_urgency_of_whenever

        Oh, I’ve seen every single variation on H. Sapiens play Dr. Frank n’ Furter. I’m reserving judgment until I’ve seen and heard it.

  • i don’t think i can even watch the trailer. it’s says it’s a Fox production, so any slim hopes i might have had died as soon as i saw that.

    i am not a religious person but i am queer and this is territory that should be left Sanctified and untouched.

  • DutchBoy74

    Fuck it – this looks fun. Who hasn’t seen a stage play of RHPS? It’s going to be like that – only different.

  • JB

    A woman in women’s clothing is not subversive or a transvestite and takes a bit of the bite out of it. I wish they used a man for the role.

    • Adam King

      I felt the same way, but Ms. Cox in the preview is kind of fascinating.

    • unclemike

      Eddie Izzard would have been interesting.

  • SilasMarner

    Nope, sorry, no need for a remake. First time around is the best.

    • lymis

      The movie was a “remake” of the stage play. It wasn’t the “original” either.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Sorry honey, a movie is an adaption of a stage musical. It’s not a remake. This is a remake.

  • SoCalVet

    I’m sorry, but Frank is not a transgender woman. There is not the same struggle in that. You have decided to be a woman period. Frank is both a woman and a man. A transgender woman is not a man in any way. Wrong message.

    • Adam King

      I agree, but I wonder if this bit of fluff is consequential enough for any message to matter.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        How dare you!

        • TuuxKabin

          How very dare he.

          • Adam King

            If I had long hair, I’d be flipping it back right now.

    • YES!!!
      Corned beef on Wonder Bread.

    • ElenorRigby

      She’s playing a character

      • SoCalVet

        I will try my best to appreciate it from that angle, which I understand.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I thought the same thing but it is not stopping me from watching it. Maybe because I’ve seen the stage production in several places that I am willing to give her a chance.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Exactly. Frankie is 70s gender-fuck.

      • lymis

        Begin played by a woman this time. Only men can genderfuck?

        • Natty Enquirer

          Of course women can genderfuck. But Cox is playing it all-woman. That’s a major change to the conception of the character.

    • 1Truth1

      And Tim Curry wasn’t a transvestite. He was an actor playing a role.

      • With everything in him.
        Onstage he was a transvestite, if not from transylvania
        He did not mock the character.
        He mocked the rest of the world for not having as much fun.

      • SoCalVet

        pointless point.

    • lymis

      You’re right. Frank is not a transgender woman. But the actress PLAYING Frank this time around is. She is a trans woman playing a male transvestite.

      Linda Hunt won an Oscar for playing a male character.

      You do understand how acting works, right?

      For that matter, based on the ending of the original movie, you can make a case that Frank wasn’t even a human being, so that applying human gender categories is problematic at best.

      • SoCalVet

        no, sorry, I don’t understand how acting works. Can you explain it to me?

  • Duh-David

    Miss Marie’s gonna be confused: “But sweetie dear, that nice Cox man isn’t a woman, he’s a dancing transvestite I saw him in that Sylvester Stallone musical horror film with all those Disney Kids.”

    And I would love to see a new version of the Rocky Horror Show, I’ve already seen several; but a remake of the Rocky Horror PICTURE Show — No thank you.

    Now if this causes Revenge of the Old Queen to be made …

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Next thing you know they will be pushing a remake of Harold and Maude.

    • Only theyll both be young… and marry at the end 🙁

      • Oh’behr

        In other words, boring!

    • sdnative1958

      Oh, gawd no.

    • Natty Enquirer

      With Zack Quinto and Cher.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Perhaps. 🙂

  • Bj Lincoln

    I’ve seen the original many many times. I have also seen several stage productions that were pretty good so I will just view this as just another group trying their best to remake a great film. Tim will ALWAYS be Frank but I am willing to see what others can do with the part. I would love to climb up Miss Laverne kissing every inch along the way…..is it getting hot in here?

    • It’s not the heat, grrlfriend, it’s the humidity

      • FancyThat

        Moisssssssssst!

  • Will Parkinson

    I like her rendition, but the rest of the cast leaves me cold.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Have fun, but to one will ever touch Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter.

    • 1Truth1

      I agree but I still want to see this…. It looks like a fun watch. I’m actually really curious to see Adam Lambert in this.

    • lymis

      Think of it as theater rather than as a movie. Different casts and interpretations don’t detract from any other performance.

      • Natty Enquirer

        But it IS a movie. It’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s perfectly fair to draw a comparison.

    • FancyThat

      I remember a young Adonis clone who used to summer at Fire Island who actually claimed that he had. Tall tales in the upper ‘pillowbed’ room at Tommy Tune’s beach house. There were enough specific details to give some credibility to his recollections.

      • Daniel Cloud

        Oh dear, this may be the single gayest thing I have ever read.

        • FancyThat

          I am so incredibly flattered by that! You have no idea! I’d have kept diaries back then, but just didn’t have the time. 🙂 ( I’d mention more Tallulahisms, but then you’d really think I was goin’ all Capote on ya.) Sadly, I only got to drag my little red wagon through Cherry Grove for a week or two each summer back then, but was recently told they still have a plaque there with my name. 🙂 blonde, french passive… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ee02a52262453a1e6aaeb24860a071c5cfee3cc3bcc82bee68b70d315f7e7a9.jpg . :-O

  • Acronym Jim

    Last year, the BBC broadcast “Rocky Horror Live.” It was a fun and interesting take on the stage play (although it doesn’t beat the movie).

    The entire thing is available on YouTube. The actual production starts at the 15:30 mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIPckPtYmXk

  • sfjohn

    No

  • unclemike

    I’m trying to view this as a very well-funded local production of the show I love.

    Not sure if it’s working on me yet.

  • lukefromcanada

    I think it looks fun, I mean it appears to acknowledge the history (at least the trailer does) of the show and the enormous love there is for it, and laverne cox looks like she is having a ball with the part.

  • greenmanTN

    This is being made for prime time on a major network, so at best it’s going to be PG13. I don’t think Rocky Horror NEEDS to be remade in the first place,but if you WERE going to remake it, how about a down and dirty version instead is a candy ass version for network TV?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’ll probably watch it……but as others have pointed out, given it’s on prime time and an American Network at that, I doubt it will have the same “KICK” the original did. Interesting casting and a nice attempt at a remake, but in this case, the original is just too perfect to be properly emulated. Some things should be left alone. IMO,

  • This was a film that, like many others, did not need to be remade.

  • sdnative1958

    Utter crap, back in the day it was somewhat shocking, and that was part of its appeal. Like the upcoming remake of “It,” Tim Curry owned both roles, and continues to be the gentleman he is by being humble and lovely regarding both remakes.

  • lenvus

    Waiting for One Million Moms to declare there immediate opposition to this and a boycott of all things Fox (except Faux News, of course), in 3…2…1…

  • AtticusP

    Love Laverne Cox, but why try to improve on perfection?

    Sorry.

    Pass.

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  • Kruhn

    An actual sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania playing Doctor Frank n Futer! AWESOME! Don’t care of it’s a remake. A black trans woman taking over a role that was played by a man in drag. I call that progress.

  • NO MORE GOP!

    No. Just no. There is one “Rocky Horror Picture Show” movie. One.

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  • Rrhain

    I have not been impressed with the trailers for multiple reasons:

    1) There appears to be a bit of imitation. Cox seems to be trying to channel Tim Curry when she should be making it their own.

    2) FRANK-N-FURTER IS A TRANSVESTITE! I have no problems with having a woman play Frank but if you do, then Frank is not to be dressed up as a woman. The corset and fishnets as if Frank were Janet is simply wrong. Instead, you need to make Frank a drag king. You need to think Dietrich and Madonna and Keaton and have Frank appear as a woman-in-men’s clothes. Now, that’s a problem when your actor has breasts and “sexy” for men means baring the chest, but that means you have to be creative.

    Now, Frank is pansexual, but part of that is the whole gender-f^ck attitude that he provides. Frank is not Frank because he wears glitter and fishnets and high-heeled shoes. It’s because he’s violating all the standards. This goes to the campy spoof of 50s science fiction movies that is the major theme of the show. From all that I’ve seen in the trailers, they haven’t embraced that.

    3) It appears to be too close to the movie in execution. The original movie is terrible. It moves so slowly. There is literally a scene of watching Magenta mop the floor while a lone piano picks out single notes. The play, on the other hand, moves along at a frantic pace. The play and the movie both run about the same length: 90 minutes. But with the play, that includes a 15-minute intermission. Take a listen to the speed of “Sweet Transvestite” between the play and the movie. In the original London cast, 3:24. Original Roxy cast, 3:26. Movie? 4:07. That energy saps the movie of all its fun.

    Granted, that’s why the audience is so wonderful: The movie is so bland that the audience gets to fill in and make the show something worthwhile. But if you’re going to have any hope of making the production stand on its own, you have to abandon the audience and do the work yourself. I’ve done Rocky a couple of times and seen it on stage a couple of times, and if the cast takes control of the show, the audience doesn’t need to call back because all of that energy is there on stage. (Not that they can’t…it’s that they finally start watching the show for the show rather than as a set up for a line.)

    Now, I haven’t actually seen it. I will, but I am going into this with my fingers crossed that it won’t be a disaster like the Glee version.